My name’s Dr. Roger Saias, and I’m the clinical director here at PA Pain and Rehab in Philadelphia.
Today I wanna talk to you about headaches. Headaches are one of the more common symptoms that we see in our practices, especially after some type of injury – a head trauma or whiplash injury. We see a lot of headaches for this reason.
One of the more common headaches that we see is migraines. We have a lot of patients that suffer from migraines as a result of an injury or they were experiencing migraines, they got injured, and now they’re even worse.
How Do You Know If You Even Have A Migraine?
Migraine symptoms are very distinct. You have light sensitivity, it
comes on as an acute attack. Sometimes it’s throbbing and can induce nausea.
Most of these patients seek relief by going into a dark room, being still and quiet, and just riding it out.
If you’re a migraine sufferer, we know that migraines are gonna disrupt your quality of life. We know that if you don’t get to the root cause of the problem and figure out a strategy to get rid of those migraines, they’re going to keep being very disruptive to your quality of life.
What Is A Tension Headache?
The next headache that we see, probably more than any other, is a tension headache, especially after whiplash trauma.
We see so many patients that are rear-ended or hit by another vehicle and their head gets whipped around either forward and backward, backward and forward, or side to side. It can cause a lot of tension in the soft tissue.
This creates tension across the back and into the neck, referring pain right across the forehead. Patients will complain about headaches in the front of their head, they’ll complain about tension and stiffness in their neck. It’s a very, very, very common symptom after an injury.
People who sit at desks all day or have a forward head posture are also vulnerable to this type of headache. You can take a look in the mirror, if your ears are in front of your shoulders, we know that there’s going to be tension across your upper back.
If you’re a headache sufferer, and you work at a desk or have this really bad forward head posture where your head is in front of your shoulders, it’s gonna cause you to feel stiff with tension across the forehead.
If you’re experiencing migraines or tension headaches as a result of an injury, or if you’re just experiencing headaches and trying to figure out the root cause of your headaches, this would be a great reason to give our offices a call. All of our doctors are trained to do thorough consultations and evaluations to determine what course of action is right for you.